West Ham United and England legend Geoff Hurst believes for West Ham United to become a bigger club they must move to the Olympic Stadium.

The Hammers currently play at Upton Park and have done for over a century but Hurst believes the club would benefit greatly from the state-of-the-art facilities on offer at the recently-constructed venue.

West Ham were one of four bidders, and front-runners, before complaints were filed by competitors, attempting to purchase the 99-year lease of the Olympic Stadium.

Regarding the move, Hurst said: "[I'm] 1,000% in favour, nobody's got a greater feeling about West Ham United at Upton Park than I have. I've rolled the pitch, I've painted the stands there and I have great attachments to the club, but we have to move on.

"We want to move on, we want to be in a bigger stadium with more access, we want to be a top Premiership club. With the support we get, which is fantastic, we should be mid-table and above in the Premier League.

"And I strongly feel, and I hope I can convince all the West Ham fans that I meet, that is where we've got to go. It's still in our manor, to use an old east London expression, it's up the road, it's better access, its an absolutely magnificent stadium."



Posted on 09/09/2012